A bill recently filed by a group of bipartisan lawmakers would make voting by mail easier in the elections this November, WFAE reports.
The bill would allow voters to request absentee ballots by email or fax and would only require one witness instead of the typical two. Additionally, the system would provide a tracking mechanism to ensure ballots make it safely to the county Board of Elections, according to WFAE.
A number of the suggestions made by the State Board of Elections were folded into this bill, but it still falls short of their full requests which included covering postage costs and making Election Day a holiday.
“We appreciate that the General Assembly has taken our recommendations to heart and put forward a bill that ensures accessible, safe and secure elections in 2020,” Karen Brinson Bell said. Brinson Bell is the State Board of Elections executive director. “This is a positive step forward for North Carolina voters. We look forward to continuing to work with state lawmakers as this bill moves through the legislative process.”
Read the full story on the bill and its progress from WFAE.